RARITAN TWP., N.J. –The organizers of Hunterdon’s 2018 Hackathon are inviting the public to a two-hour “pitch-a-thon” competition with $10,000 at stake.
The event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 10 at Hunterdon Central High School’s Little Theater.
The pitching session is the finale of the Hackathon, a two-day tech marathon that has attracted dozens of competitors from the tri-state area, ranging in age from teenagers to people in their 50s and beyond. After hearing their ideas for new apps, products or services, the judges will award $5,000 to the top team, followed by $3,000 for second place and $2,000 for third.
“The closing ceremony is for everyone, not just people in technology” said Flemington Community Partnership Executive Director Ann Meredith in a press release. “This will be a lot like ‘Shark Tank,’ only without the sharks.”
“It's going to be a blast” said county Economic Development Director Marc Saluk. “They’re going to see a lot of very skilled people doing what they do best and presenting some really innovative potential products in a lightning-round fashion.”
This year’s judges are John Goodwin, an engineering manager at Facebook, Eric Herbel of Integrated Clinical Systems, a Hunterdon IT company and Sam Napolitano, chief technology officer at Pond5 and a former vice president of engineering at Huffington Post, who said he can solve a Rubik’s Cube in less than a minute.
Last year’s winner was a team of five who presented a free, modular point-of-sale system for inventory management, scheduling and tax preparation, among other things.
Saluk believes that Hunterdon, which is midway between New York City and Philadelphia, is in an excellent position geographically to be a technology hub, and that the hackathon, now in its second year, has brought attention to the wide range of tech talent in the area.
There is no charge to attend and registration is not required.